Lisa G reported that Richard Christy's band, Charred Walls of the Damned, had sold 20,000 copies of their debut album, so Howard wondered if they'd made any money from it.
Richard came in to explain: "I actually got a very large--you know, in the couple thousands--check. But that was for merchandise royalties. It's weird. There's different things you get money from. From the albums, we've almost recouped all our costs. So [soon] we'll start seeing royalties from that."
Howard asked Robin to interpret Richard's answer, so she laughed: "He hasn't made any money." Richard shrugged that Robin was almost right: he had to split the merchandise royalty check--for just $2,800--with the rest of the band. Howard told Richard to focus on his day job: "[Your] biggest fanbase is in Kansas. At the Christy family farm...I got news for you. That music in your head? It's worthless. It should stay in your head."